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White Sox' Guillen won't change lineup

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White Sox were officially eliminated from contention in the AL Central on Thursday night.

But that won't change the look of the Sox lineup.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he would continue to play the same basic lineup he has used in recent weeks.

"No, we're going to continue to play the guys who should be playing,'' said Guillen, after watching the Sox lose their fifth straight to fall to 73-76. "The kids [Alejandro De Aza, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers] are playing right now. But no, we got to go through the season.

"Everyone knows it's a very disappointing season. Very inconsistent season, but we got to try to finish it as strong as we can. Regret, we should play better. I thought with the club we have, I thought we'd have a better season and have a better shot to win the division. But obviously, it's not going the way we want it to go.''

Guillen tipped his cap to the first-place Detroit Tigers, who are playing as well as anybody in baseball. They had won 12 straight before playing in Oakland on Thursday night.

"And the team we're chasing, they should be there,'' Guillen said. "They earned that spot. They played good enough to be where they are right now."

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